Managing a job search during or after cancer treatment is not only challenging but can also be incredibly anxiety-filled at a time when you need it least. Below are a battery of free resources and services to help you think through everything from resume building to interviewing and tracking your contacts.
Depending on what your treatment plan looked like you may have some gaps in your resume. Check out three sample resumes to see what kind of resume style works best for you (Entry Level Resume, Chronological Resume, Functional/Chronological Resume).
Sample Keywords for Your Resume
This list includes some sample key words for different functional specialties to include in your resume. Use this list to help you start brainstorming what special skills you have that you want to highlight on your resume.
Interview Cheat Sheet
Fill in this template for each job interview; it will help prepare you and provide an easy cheat sheet to have in front of you during the interview in case you get nervous or feel stuck.
As you attend events or connect with new contacts plug their names into this networking spreadsheet. Then use it to keep track of people to follow-up with; that way their information is easily accessible (and stored in one place). Besides being good relationship building, the majority of jobs are found from connections like these.
Interviewing Methods & Tips
Interviewing is the most essential and also the most stressful part of the job search. We have compiled a guide of interviewing methods and tips to help you through the process.
These essential interview questions will help you get ready for what you might be asked in an interview. Set up times with your friends, family or social worker to hold mock interviews, this will allow you to get more comfortable hearing and answering these questions out loud.
Job Search Toolkit
This publication can be ordered or downloaded and features advice on improving resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles; tips for interviewing and networking; guidance on exploring more meaningful and alternative career options; and an array of resources. It also includes the tools listed above.
Programs and Services
Resume Review Service
This service provides job-seeking cancer survivors the opportunity to receive personalized feedback from one of our professional career coaches.
Online Career Coaching Center
Your one-stop shop for career advice. Submit your question or situation to our pro bono career coaches for advice, or read questions and responses that other survivors have asked. Every post gets a response, and the service is completely free.
Professional Development Micro-Grants
This program offers cancer patients and survivors financial assistance for professional development opportunities that will enable them to enhance or build new skills.